Rock removal

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by rsls, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. rsls

    rsls LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys I was asked to remove lava rock from a front yard planter and I have never done this about how long should it take at 60x4' at two inches deep. Trying to work up an estimate and not sure. any help would be great!
     
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont know how long, but that is a about a ton of material.
     
  3. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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    I did one just a couple of weeks ago, about the same size. Part had black plastic, part didn't. It took 3 of us about 2 hours to remove it. The stupid thing was that whoever installed it in the first place, put down plastic on about half of it, but then put about 4 inches of soil on top of the plastic. :confused: :dizzy: :angry: Then they put 4 inches of lava rock on top of that. The whole thing ended up 2 " above the border stone.
    We used rakes and scoop shovels to remove the rock, and stone shovels to remove the soil on top of the plastic and bring the bed down to 3 " below the border stone.
    I guess the local rental stores have a vacuum machine for removing this kind of material. I didn't know until I was discussing another install with the owner of one of these rental places. I'd check on one of these machines. Although I'm not familiar with this, I hear it works pretty slick and plan to try it out on my next rock/mulch removal.
     
  4. rsls

    rsls LawnSite Member
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    Yeah i will have to check into the vacuum thing it sounds like it would save a lot of back work.
     
  5. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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  6. rsls

    rsls LawnSite Member
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    cant find one to rent in my area but looks awsome
     
  7. ktmre6906

    ktmre6906 LawnSite Member
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    I've seen several posts about the rocvac, haven't looked at the site yet though. Don't have time this morning. But once we remove the rocks, what do we do with then. We aren't a business, just a couple trying to redo their yard. I'm hoping someone on this site could help us out since i think its for landscapers.
     
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    re-use the rock on the landscape unless you want a different style rock.
     
  9. ktmre6906

    ktmre6906 LawnSite Member
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    the rock we have right now is absolutey awful, its the stuff the builder put in but its really plain, just big gray rocks.. is there like a place to take that to?
     
  10. jasonnau

    jasonnau LawnSite Senior Member
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    Look for signs for fill wanted, or fill dirt wanted. Almost any construction site where they have to add to change the terrain would take something like that. You might want to contact the city to see if they have a dump area, or you could take them to the dump and pay by the weight. The city might have some construction areas that they could be dumped at too. As for getting that rock up, I had a whole house with landscape beds around at least 10 trees, and the perimiter of the house. I thought the whole project would take about 15 hours or so, but it took closer to 30 hours. The rocks had sunken into the soil so much, that we had blisters on our hands from using the hardrakes to break them loose. It really was a nightmare. There was just as much lava rock under the landscape beds as you could see on top of them. I would estimate how much time you think it's going to take you, and add a 3rd more to it.
     

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